downstream, the gun fired the cannon, the gun, instead of firing, it blew and killed seven people. among them, senator gardner, also the secretary of state, the secretary of the navy. everyone downstate felt the ship when it exploded. so all the handsome young officers that were surrounding my grandmother, who was 23 years old at the time, but very beautiful, my grand father had been trying to get there and talk to her but couldn't because of all the handsome young naval officers around. but when the explosion happened, they rushed upstairs to do whatever they're trained to do. and left her standing there. she fell in behind them. my grandfather fell in behind her, going up the steps up to the deck, they came running back, calling out, don't let mrs. gardner up, her father is dead. when she heard that, my grandmother fainted, right back into the arms of the president.